Animate Results

Create and view animations for mechanical systems.

Animation Toolbar Controls

Use the controls on the animation toolbar to play your animation.

Animation Toolbar Control Description
Play the animation.
You can also press the Spacebar to play and pause the animation.
Pause the animation.
Move to the previous or next frames in the animation.
Move to the first or last frames of the animation.

Drag the slider to view a particular point during the simulation.
Click the Settings button to modify the Animation Settings.

Define Animation Settings

  1. Select the Settings button on the Animation toolbar.

  2. Define the Animation Settings.

    Animation Setting Description
    Playback Select whether to play the animation on a continuous Loop, Once, or Bounce (between forwards and backwards). Select the check box to Reverse Playback.
    Display Change the speed of the animation.
    Increment By Increase the value in the counter to skip frames during playback. Click to restore the default values.
    Range Select Range to define the start and end frames for the animation. This lets you limit the playback range of the animation, making it easier to study specific details in the simulation. You can use the Ctrl key while clicking on the Start or End icons to jump to Range Start and Range End, respectively.
    Speed Drag the slider to change the speed of the animation from slow to fast.

Define the Model View

Define the axis from which to view the model in the animation.

  1. Select the Global Axis button in the 3D Animation Viewer.

  2. Choose a Top, Front, Right, or Isometric view of the model.

View Multiple Animations

Use the tabs in the 3D Viewer to view the animations from multiple model simulations.

When working with multiple models, the 3D Viewer retains the animations created during your current Activate session.
  1. Load at least two multibody models.
  2. Set up and simulate each model with the Animation option selected in the Simulation Parameters dialog.
  3. Select a tab for the model animation that you would like to review.

View Animation in MTSF Files

Use the Results Player to view the animation in an .mtsf model file.

  1. On the ribbon, select Tools > Results Player.
  2. Select and navigate to an .mtsf file that contains animation.
  3. Use the controls at the bottom of the Results Player dialog to play the animation.